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of the Murugappa Group
Headquartered in Chennai, the INR 225 Billion Murugappa Group is one of India's leading business conglomerates. Market leaders in diverse areas of business including Engineering, Abrasives, Finance, General Insurance, Cycles, Sugar, Farm Inputs, Fertilizers, Plantations, Bio-products and Nutraceuticals, its 28 businesses have manufacturing facilities spread across 13 states in India. The organization fosters an environment of professionalism and has a workforce of over 32,000 employees. The Group has forged strong joint venture alliances with leading international companies like Mitsui Sumitomo, Foskor, and Groupe Chimique Tunisien has consolidated its status as one of the fastest growing diversified business houses in India.
The business has its origins in 1900, when Dewan Bahadur A M Murugappa
Chettiar established a money-lending and banking business in Burma
(now Myanmar), which then spread to Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Indonesia
and Vietnam. In these 100-plus years, it has withstood enormous
vicissitudes, including strategically moving its assets back to
India and restarting from scratch in the '30s, before the Japanese
invasion of Burma in World War II.
Starting with a sandpaper plant, the Group forayed
into making steel safes, and then into manufacturing. It set up
an insurance company, and bought a rubber plantation; making a small
but significant beginning. The rest is history.
Today, it is one of the country's biggest industrial houses. Group turnover crossed the USD 1 billion mark in 2003-04, with an impressive growth of 25 per cent over Rs 4,206 crore in 2002-03, and a 40 per cent jump in profit before tax over the previous year. Consolidated Group turnover for 2004-05 crossed USD 1.44 billion, a growth of 20 per cent over the previous year. In 2005-06, combined turnover increased by 17 per cent to USD 1630 million (Rs 7,340 crore) and net profit (PBT) by 45 per cent to USD 177 million (Rs 800 crore). The Group ended the year 2006-07 with a turnover of Rs 8,446 crore, and profit before tax of Rs 649 crore. The year 2007-08 saw a turnover of Rs USD 2.4 billion(Rs 9,852 crore). Group achieved a turnover of Rs. 13617 crs during 2009-10. Today, we have set ourselves to achieve a total turnover of USD 7.2
Billion by 2013-14.
Times, Constant Values
Today the Murugappa Group is firmly rooted in its homeland, and
is poised to take on the world. Building on the same business acumen,
modern and innovative outlook, as well as vision with which the
founder of the Group left his native land to seek his fortune in
Burma, the Murugappa Group is on the threshold of the global business
arena today, backed by 100 years of experience in diverse fields,
sound traditional values and high ethical standards.
The group is a market leader in India across a spectrum
of products like fertilisers, abrasives, automotive chains, car
door frames and steel tubes. Neemazal, a neem-based organic pesticide,
is the market leader in bio-pesticides. Some of the country's best-known
brands like BSA and Hercules in bicycles, Parrys Spirulina and Parrys
Beta Carotene in nutraceuticals, Ballmaster and Ajax in abrasives,
Gromor and Paramfos in fertilisers, and many more come from the
Its companies have tie-ups with Wendt gmbh of Germany,
Morgan Crucible Company plc of the UK, the China Engineering and
Exploration Bureau (CEEB), Cerdak Pty Ltd of South Africa, Mitsui
Tsumitomo Insurance Company Ltd of Japan, Borg Warner Morsetec of USA, Foskor Ltd of South Africa, Groupe
Chimique Tunisien of Tunisia, and Cargill International SA of Geneva.
The group has grown consistently through its decisive
and visionary response to changing times. Its pioneering efforts,
steadfast commitment to ethical business practices and its dogged
pursuit of new areas to extend its business acumen have brought
in its wake several prestigious national and international awards.
The Group's business philosophy can be summed up in this couplet
from the ancient Indian treatise on wealth creation and governance,
"The fundamental principle
of economic activity is that no man
you transact with will lose, then you shall not."
Conducting business by a clear set of values and beliefs,
the Group has observed very high standards of ethics and transparency.
Its belief in organisational renewal has allowed the Group to adapt
itself to changing economic contexts and grow from strength to strength.
The Management Development Institute (IMD) of Lausanne, Switzerland,
conferred the 'IMD Distinguished Family Business Award' on the Group
Leap of Faith
The Murugappa Group has drawn from its rich heritage to carry out
organisational and entrepreneurial changes through transparency,
and without operational disruption. The family-managed Group successfully
transitioned to a professionally managed corporate house, engaging
Arthur D Little for restructuring and succession plans, following
the demise of M V Arunachalam (1929-96), which brought the leadership
to the older A M M Arunachalam, who passed away in 1999.
It was in 1999 that M V Subbiah decided to step
down, bring in an external chairman for the Group, and let the
family take advisory positions. The Murugappa Corporate Board was
formed and N S Raghavan, a professional, was appointed as Chairman.
On his retirement in 2001, P S Pai took over as Executive Chairman.
During Pai's tenure the Group went through a period of learning and
growth. On completion of his tenure, M A Alagappan, took over as
Executive Chairman in October 2006 and A Vellayan as its
Vice-Chairman and Director-Strategy. A Vellayan succeeded M A
Alagappan as the Executive Chairman and M M Murugappan the Vice
Chairman on November 1, 2009.
Each successive generation has not only strengthened
existing businesses but has developed new ones. It has developed
unmatched expertise in turning around sick businesses in the shortest
possible time following acquisition. The Group manages the evolution
of its businesses and governance structures consciously. As a result,
the Group's business portfolio is diverse and dynamic.
Dedicated employees drive the Group. The Murugappa
Group has always believed in the welfare of its employees. Each
company provides excellent opportunities for learning and growth
to all its employees.
to the Community
The Group founders were aware of the importance and necessity of
corporate contribution to the welfare of the community they were
operating in, from the time they began their journey in 1924. The
AMM Trust was formed to set up and run hospitals and schools in
Chennai and Pallathur, the native place of the founders.
Murugappa Group continues to build on the culture of philanthropy
initiated by its founder. Social commitment has always been the
cornerstone of the group's ethos and it has been at the forefront
of eco-conservation, public health, and education in the communities
where its companies operate, since 1957.
It runs four schools, a polytechnic college and four
hospitals. Besides, the group runs a research and development centre
for rural development, the Sri AM Murugappa Chettiar Research Centre
(MCRC), which has been designing simple, cost-effective technologies
for local artisans since 1977.
The Group has scaled each pinnacle consistently through
its decisive and visionary response to changing times. Its pioneering
efforts, steadfast commitment to ethical business practices and
its dogged pursuit of new areas to extend its business acumen have
brought unprecedented success and several prestigious national and
international awards. But there is no stopping for the Murugappa
Group; the journey is still on, in search of scaling newer heights
and finding greener pastures - beyond the horizon.